Gerard Hobson is a York based print maker. Inspired by nature, he creates bespoke prints and wood cut outs.
His style is bold, distinctive and well loved. His creations have personality, a broad appeal and add a splash of colour to any room.
Since childhood Gerard Hobson has had a love for birds, animals and art. His love of wildlife saw him qualify as a zoologist from Bangor University in 1984 and then worked for a couple of years for Wiltshire Wildlife Trust as a botanist. Later he became an illustrator for them, working on leaflets and sign boards.
‘I particularly enjoy the technique of linocut, which is similar to that of woodcarving and the result of this has been the series of linocuts of birds, hares, foxes that you can see on this website.’
Following relocating up north, Gerard worked for Yorkshire Wildlife as a botanist and illustrator and continued to develop his work on a freelance basis.
In more recent years he has turned his hand to woodcarving and these days focuses his attentions on print making from his garden studio in York. Much of his work is inspired whilst out walking his dog on the Ings.
- In 2016 Gerard was approached by the Friends of Rowntree park to be their artist in residence. He was asked to create an outdoor trail around the park to involve parents, children and grandparents. Gerard designed, wrote and installed ‘The king of the birds’ trail within Rowntrees Park in York. A fun, interactive trail that allowed families to go hunting for his cut out birds, hidden up in the trees to collect letters to solve a puzzle. The trail map was available to purchase within the park café and includes a moral story about the birds.
- In 2019 Gerard was approached by the National Trust to host an exhibition at Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens. The hand crafted installation was displayed throughout the gardens as well as a dedicated indoor gallery. Gerard also ran print making workshops at Beningbrough throughout the duration of the exhibition.
- A selection of consumer products including cards, mugs and tote bags were developed and retailed within the gift shop as well as original artworks being sold through the gallery. The event was publicised across National Trust social media channels as well as online, at the property and through local press.
Gerard Hobson has participated in York Open Studios for the past 10 years. York Open Studios is an annual community arts event which represents the best of artists and makers living or working within a ten-mile radius of the city, each year York Open Studios provides an opportunity for the public to visit committee selected artists’ studios and exhibitions.
Helmsley Arts Centre ~ 2015
The Gerard Hobson Shop:
In November 2020 Gerard opened his first physical shop. It is in the old Bulmers building just beyond the corner where Monk Bar turns into Lord Mayor’s Walk.
You will find a whole range of his artworks, lampshades, mugs, greetings cards and other gifts in this beautifully nature inspired retail space.
Interior designer for award winning nursery chain ‘little green rascals’. Gerard was approach by owner Vanessa Warn to design and execute a new look and feel across the 7 nurseries in York as well as pop up summer cafe ‘Rascals in the City’.
To fit with the organic day nursery theme, Gerard looked to nature for his inspiration. The walls are adorned with pieces of his iconic wildlife artwork as well as beautifully decorated tree branches and flora and fauna.
Gerard runs lino print day courses from his home studio teaching the basics behind a lino print resulting in your very own piece of art at the end of the session.
Field and Forest
Wild and Wonderful
Gerard's work would translate well onto a variety of products, both small and large scale, as his bold linework, bright colours, and recognisable subject matters would adhere to his work in interior design, as well as other miscellaneous items.
Feature tiles have been used to add interest and personality to key areas of the home for many years. Gerard's work would be a fantastic opportunity to produce his deigns onto tiles and create an artisan feel to the home. His tiling would work well on kitchen surfaces, bathroom sinks, hob tops, fireplaces and outdoor areas such as garden ornaments and outdoor feature walls. Wallpaper would also work well.
Further applications include stationary items such as notepads, colouring books, pencil cases and calendars, as his bold use of colour and thick linework would appeal to a variety of audiences in a series of products.
Gerard's work would also translate well onto furniture, again adding an artisan feel to home objects such as lamps, clock deigns, as well as textiles such as curtains and cushions. His bold design would also stand out on canvas/ tote bags.